If John Fetterman’s criminal justice reform record is so good, why does he keep being dishonest about it? That’s the question many Pennsylvanians want to know ahead of Tuesday’s election. How can they trust to elect a man to serve six years in the Senate if Fetterman can’t spend six seconds telling the truth about the criminals he released from jail?
Much like his statement about supporting fracking, Fetterman continues not to tell the public the truth and claims the inmates he helped release from prison were all nonviolent criminals. The claim is complete misinformation.
“They got a second chance, they have their record cleaned, and they were able to get a better job. They were getting a better education. They could even volunteer at their child’s school,” Fetterman said in a clip released by RNC Research. “And specifically, some kind of silly conviction for marijuana usage? And they were all nonviolent things.”
The criminal with a heart of gold travels down the path of redemption after committing a nonviolent crime, and the U.S. government gives them a second chance. It’s a heartwarming story. If only it were true.
The facts show that Fetterman was responsible for securing the release of “dozens of violent criminals.” More specifically, he helped release at least 10 people convicted of first-degree murder.
One of the men Fetterman recommended to release from jail was Raymond Johnson, convicted of murdering a York County man in 1973. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison, but Fetterman felt someone who shot a man with a shotgun, stabbed him to death, then stole everything he was carrying was worthy of a second chance. It doesn’t matter if his victim never had a second chance to live his life; Fetterman felt the murderer deserved one.
Johnson is just one of many horrible examples of Fetterman’s decision-making. He knows most of the public would never accept freeing murderers, so Fetterman must lie. And, if elected senator, he will bring these disastrous criminal justice reform policies and jeopardize the safety and security of everyone in the country.